The second donation to be mentioned is of some very important
photographs of early German Shepherd Dogs from the Picardy Kennel.
Photographs can often be overlooked when thinking about a
collection and donation, but they form an important historical and
visual record of a breed and are an invaluable research resource
within the Kennel Club Photography Collection. Heidi Hudson, Kennel
Club Digital Assets Manager and Image Collection Manager, is
currently undertaking a Masters Degree at Birkbeck University in
History of Art in Photography specialising in dogs in photography
and is committed to the importance of the historical photographic
documentation of dogs, seeing the images not just as documentary
evidence of changes within a breed, but also, importantly, as
Lieutenant Colonel J Y Baldwin started the Picardy Kennel after
seeing the breed at work during the first world war and, remarkably
had a bitch called "Lou" with him at the Battle of the Somme.
Already a long time dog enthusiast, Lt. Col. Baldwin would pen
articles for the dog papers from the trenches. Together with friend
and fellow German Shepherd Dog enthusiast, Lt.Col Moore-Brabazon,
they were instrumental in introducing the breed to the U.K and in
having the "Alsatian" recognised by the Kennel Club. Lt.Col.
Baldwin bred his first litter in France and they were born at
Picardy, hence the Kennel name and after returning home he started
the first Breed Club in July of 1919 and successfully bred a number
of Champions, Ch Cillason of Picardy and Ch Benign of Picardy to
name but a few. It should be noted as well that Ch Benign of
Picardy was the first Breed and Working Trials Champion in
Lt. Col Baldwin was a keen and talented photographer and it is
from his archive and that of his daughter, Miss Margaret Ann
Baldwin, that the photographs come.
Miss Baldwin had a long and illustrious career as a Show
Judge, carrying out appointments around the world as well as the
UK, and only retired at the age of 70. For some years Miss Baldwin
worked as a journalist in America and maintained her involvement in
the breed, continuing to Judge and was made an honorary member of
the German Shepherd Dog Fanciers of Northern Carolina before
returning to the UK.
She maintains a strong and lifelong interest in the breed.